Victorian Institute of Sport

Personal Excellence Program

The Personal Excellence Program assists athletes to live out the VIS motto – “Success in Sport and Life”

What is Personal Excellence?

The Personal Excellence program assists in achieving a balance between life activities and sport performance, with a focus on increasing overall well-being.  By partnering with Personal Excellence athletes are able to progress their dual careers in sport and life by building professionalism, accountability, resilience, integrity and responsibility. This is achieved by gaining access to personal and professional development, career and education opportunities, and support networks to assist in making more informed decisions.

How can Personal Excellence help?

The objective of the Personal Excellence Program is to contribute to the personal and professional development of eligible elite athletes with career, educational and professional development services. The Personal Excellence advisers work closely with schools, universities, and other partners, to support athletes in coordinating the multiple facets of their lives.

The Personal Excellence Program tailors specific programs to reflect the individual needs and aspirations of athletes thus allowing for individual growth and development.

Key services

Barrett Consulting

The Barrett Scholarship Program supports athletes with current or new  business idea/s. The program includes four workshops and the successful scholarship recipient receives 4 x 90 minute face to face mentor/coaching sessions and funding from the Personal Excellence Program to support the growth of their business.

William Angliss Institute

Athletes have access to a wide variety of hospitality, food, beverage, tourism and travel courses.

Open Universities Australia

Open Universities Australia (OUA) is an online higher education organisation.

Crown Melbourne

Athletes have access to direct training and employment opportunities at Crown Melbourne.

FIA Fitnation

Athletes have access to a variety of courses at FIA Fitnation,

Other VIS PE workshops and courses

- Leadership Program

- Significant Other – Series

- Time Management

- Presentation & Media Skills

- Goal setting

- Building resiliency and decision-making skills

What do athletes think about the Personal Excellence Program?

David Morris – Aerial Skiing

It's satisfying to have a backup/real life plan, and to know that I don't have to manage it on my own. There are Personal Excellence staff available to assist in helping me make decisions and find career paths after sport. I believe it's important to be realistic and know that sport may not last forever or that circumstances may hinder your greatest goals, and having experienced people there to assist you if you need is comforting.

Through the program I have been given so many opportunities to run some workshops and speak to groups of people and other athletes. This boosted my self confidence in public speaking and opened up a whole new line of work i would never have thought i could do. Personal Excellence has given me the chance to ask for help and pass on my own knowledge, and I would encourage everyone to ask for some help. You may not be aware of what can be offered until your eyes are opened to the possibilities, mine were and I’m very grateful for it.”

Anabelle Smith - Diving

"The VIS Personal Excellence Program have been an enormous support in making sure my life is balanced. After school, life becomes a little more daunting, but with the help of the Personal Excellence Advisers, I have been able to make a smooth transition into University life, whilst maintaining my full training load. Personal Excellence were integral in helping me balance school and diving, and they continued to support my enrolment into ACU to study Exercise and Health Science. Also, with the VIS affiliation with the Australian Institute of Fitness, Personal Excellence has given me the opportunity to undertake a Certificate III in fitness, which I am absolutely loving ".

Richard Colman – Athletics

The VIS Personal Excellence Program has been instrumental during my time with the VIS, being there for guidance and support whenever needed as well as provided opportunities  such as  the Leadership program and business programs. I am very thankful for all the support from everyone at the VIS over the years to help me achieve success in sport and life.”

How to contact a Personal Excellence adviser?

The VIS Personal Excellence Team currently has five fully qualified staff members who are available and able to help you achieve your goals in both sport and life; these members are:

Bernadette Sierakowski - Personal Excellence Coordinator (Full Time Monday - Friday)

Mark Piccolo - Personal Excellence Adviser (Full Time Monday - Friday)

You can meet the VIS Personal Excellence staff through individual sessions face-to-face, via phone, fax or skype. To make an appointment with one of the VIS Personal Excellence providers, please call (03) 9425 0000.